Sir George Scott Chad, Baronet of Thursford

Along with Sarah Rowlls Chad (1968.20), this pair of companion portraits, perhaps painted on the occasion of the couple’s wedding, dates to late in Gainsborough’s career. Gainsborough moved permanently to London in 1774, and thereafter his work was characterized by a light palette and loose, economical brushstrokes. Gainsborough’s affinity for landscape painting is suggested in […]

Portrait of Charles Ireland

Charles Ireland was the first president and later chairman of the board of Birmingham’s Vulcan Materials Company. A generous patron and distinguished collector, Ireland served as the second chairman of the Birmingham Museum of Art board from 1952 to 1954, and remained an active supporter of the museum until his death.  In 1979, Andy Warhol […]

George III

This painting is a version of the official state portrait painted by the Scottish artist Allan Ramsay. George III (reigned 1760-1820) is dressed in ceremonial robes and wears the insignia of the Order of the Garter, the oldest order of knighthood: the pendant of St. George, patron saint of England and of the Order, suspended […]

Unknown sitter

Thomas Lawrence was an artistic child prodigy. His natural abilities helped him develop a thriving portrait practice, and he produced some of the most celebrated portraits of fashionable women of his day. Although the identity of the sitter here is not known, signs of her affluence are evident in the gleaming jewelry and shimmering satin […]